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An Eye on Megacities' Dirty Skies

New monitoring techniques are improving our understanding of pollution in the developing world

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Toronto's Waterfront Moment

How the citizens of Toronto successfully stopped an unpopular redevelopment plan

Gary Toth

Removing Signals and Signs from Intersections Just Might Make Us Safer

The Shared Spaces theory has started to catch on in Europe, but will Americans ever buy it?

Photo by Flickr user functoruser, used under a Creative Commons license

The War on Red-Light Cameras

Houston and L.A. recently turned theirs off. Will others join them?

"(What's to be done?), Angry Sandwich People or In Praise of Dialectics," by Chto Delat

Civic Engagement as Art

A new exhibition explores the influence of public participation in society

Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

The Case for Strengthening Urban Property Rights

We'll never escape from NIMBY sentiments, but local governments can take steps to ensure everyone benefits from new development

Electronic Gaming for the Physical World

New games for mobile devices make the city their playing field

REUTERS/Jeff Christensen

10 Ideas for Improving New York's Public Spaces

From a pedestrian expansion of the Verrazano bridge to a new entrance for Central Park, the best concepts from this year's Urban Design Week

Alternative Apparel/Stephen Zeigler

Urban Gleaning Goes Mainstream

Organizations across North America are reclaiming a bounty of fresh fruit

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Is Bicycle Commuting Really Catching On? And if So, Where?

A survey of 55 major U.S. cities shows big gains in many places, but plenty of regional variation

University of Colorado

America's 20 Most Economically Vibrant College Towns

With better jobs markets and high levels of state funding, these U.S. cities offer a lot more than just a place to go to school

Reuters/Mike Segar

Mayor of the World: How Bloomberg Flexes New York's Diplomatic Muscle

Cities, not countries, are increasingly where the foreign policy action is

Courtesy Marmol Radziner

Trailer Parks as Models for Affordable Housing

Santa Monica's new breed of mobile homes are stylish and sustainable

Public Art, Sold to the Highest Bidder

Auctioning off under-appreciated public art on eBay opens the door for fresh work

Urban Brownfield Cleanup's Big Benefits

Redeveloping old industrial sites in cities not only reduces contamination, it also helps further smart growth

A worker at the General Motors Cruze assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio. (Reuters/Aaron Josefczyk)

Signs of Recovery in the Great Lakes

Manufacturing job growth rates in the region are looking up, but there's still a long way to go

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The Metro-covery and the Limits of Growth Without Growth

Productivity, not population, is the key metric

The George Washington Bridge is seen as it crosses into New Jersey in New York. (Reuters/Lucas Jackson)

NYC Toll Hike May Push Commuters onto Mass Transit

New rates go into effect despite uproar from drivers and AAA

Courtesy Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.org

Bike Lane Backlash, Even in Portland

The gentrification vs. bicycle infrastructure debate in one of the country's most bike-friendly cities